'Anna Karenina,' 'Cloud Atlas,' 'Skyfall' among Art Directors Guild nominees
The Art Directors Guild has announced nominees for excellence in production design for 2012. A wide cross-section of work was selected, though high-profile exclusions include "The Master" and "Moonrise Kingdom."
In the period category, Oscar frontrunners such as "Anna Karenina," "Les Miserables" and "Lincoln" were chalked up alongside "Argo" (which is likely to keep burning it up with industry awards) and "Django Unchained" (more support for Quentin Tarantino's film).
Meanwhile, in the fantasy field (which is likely to offer up one or a few Oscar nominees itself), PGA nominee "Life of Pi" made a showing, as did Ridley Scott's "Alien" prequel "Prometheus." Warner Bros. ought to be happy with the films rounding it out, as "Cloud Atlas," "The Dark Knight Rises" and "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" all come from their stable.
Finally, the contemporary field -- which rarely produces work that stands out enough with the Academy's design branch enough to find space in the nominations (unfortunately) -- saw "Skyfall" and "Zero Dark Thirty" pick up their second guild nominations of the day. "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" (still an industry favorite that could surprise next Thursday), "Flight" and "The Impossible" filled out the set.
This is bummer news for "The Master," and production designer Jack Fisk remains a one-time nominee with the guild and, potentially, with the Academy. Of course, one can pay TOO much attention to guild announcements. Last year Steven Spielberg's "War Horse" seemed like it was all but dead as it missed industry nod after industry nod. Meanwhile, David Fincher's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" managed to keep getting nominations. The former got the Best Picture nod over the latter.
And it's a shame to see "Moonrise Kingdom" miss, as it had some exemplary work to say the least. I'm not sure that missing here says a whole lot about its Best Picture chances, and frankly, Adam Stockhausen's work shouldn't be ruled out for Oscar recognition just yet, either.
As for this particular category, I'd say "Anna Karenina," "Les Miserables" and "Lincoln" are still the good bets. "Django Unchained" would make a handsome addition, and might just, while I might look to the fantasy field to fill out the slate. Perhaps "Cloud Atlas" or the supremely crafted "Prometheus."
And let's not forget, Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy managed nominations for three-straight years. So perhaps "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" has a better shot than most might think? And honestly, I wouldn't rule out "Argo" here. Sharon Seymour's detailed work could easily manage a bid.
Check out the full list below. The 17th annual Art Directors Guild Awards will be held on February 2.
As always, keep track of the 2012-2013 film awards season via The Circuit.
"The Dark Knight Rises"
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"
"Life of Pi"
"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"
"Zero Dark Thirty"
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
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